Reliving the best hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League
How often do you see hat-tricks being picked up by bowlers in cricket? Needless to say that it is a rare feat. But did you know, in 10 seasons of the IPL, 17 hat-tricks have been claimed by bowlers. 14 bowlers have claimed 3 consecutive wickets in IPL, but which hat-tricks are the best so far? Let us take a look.
Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers in 2008
Amit Mishra is the only cricketer with 3 IPL hat-tricks to his name. However, the best one was his first in 2008. Deccan Chargers needed 15 runs from the final over when Mishra was handed the ball. He bagged the wickets of Ravi Teja, RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha to claim the second hat-trick of the IPL and hand Delhi a 12-run victory.
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009
Yuvraj Singh is well known for his batting prowess, but did you know the southpaw has two IPL hat-tricks to his name? In 2009 he claimed the wickets of Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher, but his heroics went in vain as the Kings XI lost the fixture. However, Yuvraj went on to claim another hat-trick in the same year against Deccan Chargers.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals in 2010
Praveen Kumar holds the record for the most dot balls bowled in the IPL. He also bagged the only hat-trick of the 2010 edition. Damien Martyn, Sumit Narwal and Paras Dogra of the Rajasthan Royals were Praveen Kumar's victims. Rajasthan were going strong at 85/4 but folded their innings at 92, courtesy of the Uttar Pradesh man.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014
Pravin Tambe took the IPL by storm after making his debut at the age of 41. Despite never playing Ranji cricket, he proved he is a serious talent when he claimed the 3 big wickets of Manish Pandey, big hitting Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate. These crucial wickets came when KKR were cruising towards victory and needed 49 off 30 balls.
Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Super Giant in 2017
Australian speedster Andrew Tye capped off a dream IPL debut with a hat-trick. Tye made his debut last season against the Rising Pune Supergiant and picked up the wickets of Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur to claim his hat-trick. Tye claimed a five-wicket haul in the match and Pune were restricted to just 171 runs.